Pony Club E-News
May. 19, 2015

2015 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award
The ninth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA. The Award is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to the top Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.

Congratulations to the 2015 Challenge winners:

1st Place: Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia who hunted with Old Dominion Hounds.

2nd Place: Green Spring Hounds Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Green Springs Valley Hounds, Elkridge Harford Hunt and Mt. Carmel Hounds.

Tied for 3rd Place: Elkridge-Harford Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Elkridge-Harford Hunt; and Moore County Pony Club in North Carolina who hunted with Moore County Hounds.

5th Place: Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Spring Valley Hounds.

6th Place: Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club in Pennsylvania who hunted with Rolling Rock Hunt, Sewickley Hunt and Chagrin Valley Hunt.

7th Place: Fox and Hound Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Monmouth County Hunt.

8th Place: Cedar Knob Pony Club in Tennessee who hunted with Longreen Foxhounds, Hillsboro Hounds, and Marlborough.

9th Place: Keeneland Pony Club in Kentucky who hunted with Woodford Hounds.   More

New dressage opportunities for Pony Club members!
Have you visited the Dressage pages on the Pony Club website lately? Please share with your members these wonderful opportunities coming up this summer for Dressage riders (one on the East coast and one on the West coast!)

As we have for several years, Pony Club is again sponsoring members at all USEF or FEI Jr/YR Dressage levels to apply to be part of a team (or teams) representing the USPC at the Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival, to be held August 7-9, 2015 in Saugerties, New York. Getting qualifying scores and applying as soon as possible will enable the teams to fund raise and plan their team logistics.

On the West Coast, the USDF Region 6 has kindly invited Pony Club members from Montana to California to join in their Youth Dressage Overnight Camp at DevonWood Farm in Sherwood, Oregon, August 11-14. This camp is in its sixth season, and has been very successful. In conjunction with the camp, Lendon Gray will be holding her Emerging Dressage Athlete Program (EDAP), which requires separate application. Following camp, campers are encouraged to stay for the Region 6 USDF Youth Team Championships (August14-16). This is a phenomenal opportunity! Camp applications will be accepted beginning June 1, up until July 1. Enrollment is limited, so apply early!

More information and links to applications can be found at www.Ponyclub.org. From the drop-down menu, choose: Member Opportunities-Disciplines-Dressage-Opportunities & Awards. More

I Support
There are many ways in which YOU can support the Pony Club organization. Follow the link above to find out how you can be part of the "I Support" Campaign!More

Do you know what is sitting up in your dusty, over-cluttered barn attic? It’s not what you think…you have cold hard CASH sitting up there waiting for you to dust it off and shine it up! Don’t have a place to sell it? Well, USPC can help with that! Check out Pony Club Classified ads. Whether it be that used saddle, that cute pony that you’ve outgrown, or if you’re really looking for a change you can list your Real Estate on our Classifieds page as well. Are you an instructor or clinician? You’re in luck, promote your services or clinics on our Classifieds page too! Maybe selling that old saddle could go towards buying a new saddle! Check out Pony Club Classified ads here!More

Eventing Recognition Awards
USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their competition efforts both in USPC and USEA. USPC members will receive a certificate at the end of each year based on the criteria below. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the National Office by November 15th each year.

Blue Ribbon Club — Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Beginner Novice Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Beginner Novice Level or above.

Medallion Club — Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Novice Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Novice Level or above.

Bronze Medal Club — Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Training Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Training Level or above.

Silver Medal Club — Participation in one USPC EVENTING Rally (this can be in competition at any level or by being a volunteer for the rally) and completion of 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Preliminary Level or Preliminary Level 2-day event, CCN* or CCI*.

Gold Medal Club — Participation in one USPC EVENTING Rally (this can be in competition at any level or by being a volunteer for the rally) and completion of 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Intermediate or Advanced Level or an Intermediate 2-day event, CCN** or CCI** or above.

All competitions must be done during the current year. Interested Pony Club members should get their applications filled out by the appropriate individuals, and they can apply for more than one award each year. Click here for the application.

All applications must be submitted to the National Office by November 15th of each year. Any questions should be directed to the Activities and Events Director, Wayne Quarles, or Activities and Events Coordinator, Erin Woodall. More

Attention foxhunters
Are you 16 to 25 years old and certified C+ or above?

The USPC 2015 Foxhunting Exchange deadline has been extended to May 30th!

The Exchange runs October 22-30, 2015 in the greater Lexington, KY area, with assistance by both the Iroquois and Woodford Hunts. Teams from the Irish Pony Club and the Pony Club UK will join with the US team for 10 days of hunting and fun!

For full information and application, please visit http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=IntlExFH. More

National level testing reminders!
Please note that all National Level Testing applications are now to be submitted through your personal profile by signing in here.

For detailed application instructions and additional information on National Level Testing, please visit this link.

All applications a fees must be submitted 12 weeks prior to the test start date.

The 2015 test schedule can be found here.

You must be logged in to the USPC website in order to access the test schedule.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction/Testing Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.orgMore

Get your Pony Club saddle pad today
It's that time of year again… Spring! Time for Rallys, Horse Shows, lessons, and even Championships. What better way to show off your Pony Club pride than a Pony Club square saddle pad? Shop Pony Club is the place to go for this white, all-purpose, square, saddle pad that will look good on any horse or pony. Get yours today!More

Tutoring Tuesdays archived!
Did you miss a Tutoring Tuesday webinar? Don't fret! The webinars are recorded and available for viewing here. The recorded presentation is available as well as the PowerPoint Presentations. You will need to register with your Name and E-mail address to view the presentation. FAQs about webinars can be found here, and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.

The schedule for upcoming webinars is available here. More

10 of the best jumping saddles
Horse & Hound
Horse & Hound's buying guides feature the best kit on the market. This week we bring you 10 of the best jumping saddles. More

What to do if your horse gets loose
"Loose horse!” It's the shout heard at farms across the land that lets our barn brethren know an equine escapee is heading their way. On occasion, our horses get away from us for reasons mostly accidental and unintentional. However, we've all experienced our moments of carelessness. Sometimes we give our horses more credit than they deserve or have unrealistic expectations. "My horse would never run away if I let him graze unattended!" Which is true only until he decides to explore the farm at a dead run. More